Skull of missing Herne Bay man found by railway line
RAILWAY workers clearing undergrowth were horrified when they made a grisly discovery of decaying human remains.
The gang was cutting back dense scrub along the track of the main Ramsgate to London line near Blacksole Bridge in Beltinge when one of them found a skull and bones hidden in vegetation on the embankment on Monday.
British Transport Police spokesman Gavin Brown said: "The incident is being treated as unexplained and the location of the discovery is being treated as a crime scene.
"Officers have carried out house-to-house inquiries in the area in a bid to gather further information. Anyone with any information that could assist the investigation is asked to come forward."
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Today detectives announced that they had identified the remains as being of a man aged 58 reported missing from Herne Bay in 2004. They a Home Office pathologist and a forensic anthropologist to help them.
Neighbours said they were shocked to hear of the find.
One woman in Mickleburgh Hill near the bridge, who did not want to be named, said: "The police arrived on Monday evening. By Tuesday there were police vans and men in high-visibility jackets all over the place. It is tragic someone could lie there dead like that and be undiscovered."
Police are not treating the find as suspicious.